Dodge This Teleconference Tuesday, July 8, 2003 Ray Evernham RAY EVERNHAM (Car owner Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepids) COMMENT ON COOKIE CUTTER TRACKS "They all kind of have their own idiosyncrasies. None of them are truly the same race...
Dodge This Teleconference
Tuesday, July 8, 2003
RAY EVERNHAM (Car owner Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepids)
COMMENT ON COOKIE CUTTER TRACKS
"They all kind of have their own idiosyncrasies. None of them are truly the same race tracks. Kansas doesn't drive the same way as Chicago or drive the same way as Vegas. Even though they are cookie cutter, they are all truly different from each other."
COMMENT ON HOW THE DODGE PROGRAM STANDS RIGHT NOW
"I think people try and compare us to teams and car manufacturers that have been 20-25 years strong without any changes. The Dodge program overall has done an excellent job. We've got to be careful inside not to put so much pressure on ourselves trying to get ahead. NASCAR is a tough sport. You're not just going to come in and dominate. If you look at the number of wins and the number of poles and of the number of top-five finishes, I'd say we've done a tremendous job."
"What the overall Dodge program has done in two and a half years is pretty amazing. With that said, they talk about Evernham Motorsports in two and a half years, and I think we've also done a good job. Both Dodge and Evernham Motorsports have a long way to go, but from where we've come, we're on the right track. The whole plan when we built this program was for Dodge to be challenging for the championship. Until Sterling got hurt last year, they were doing that. My team and other teams are getting strong, and I think that challenging for the championship will continue."
COMMENT ON PROGRESS OF THE 19 TEAM
"A lot of it has to do with personal chemistry and understanding. I've been saying it's about people. It's not about machinery. It's not about equipment. People are gelling and they've got respect for one another. Kenny Francis is getting more experience as a crew chief. He's understanding what Jeremy wants, and they've built a friendship and communication. Each of them is trying hard for the other one. Jeremy's doing his job, and Kenny's doing his job and they're helping each other do a better job. The team's starting to rally around them, and we've got that chemistry going."
WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR THE 9 AND 19 IN SECOND HALF OF SEASON?
"I really want to see both cars go to victory lane. I really, really want to see that happen. The 19 has never been there, and the 9, I want to see get back to victory lane both for us as a team and for our sponsors, the Dodge Dealers, UAW and all of our sponsors who have stood behind us. We're going to try and win races and let the points fall where they may. We're basically out of it, so what we've got to do is go every week and try and win races."